Dental Technology in Elkin, NC
Technology is all around us. Long-range satellites link our cars and offices. Powerful computers are carried around in our pockets. Our constant use of and reliance on technology proves that we live in a world driven by technology. Dentistry is no different.
New technology constantly reshapes the way dental diseases are diagnosed, the way routine procedures are performed, and the manner in which illness is prevented. Unfamiliar technology may seem daunting or scary, but new and improved tools and technology offer patients innumerable benefits.
Our staff has compiled some of the benefits our patients experience when we introduce new technology.
- Air Abrasion Technology. Air abrasion technology eliminates the discomfort of traditional dental drill noise and vibration. This technology is essentially a mini sandblaster for teeth and offers greater precision.
- Anesthesia Wand. Many people are afraid of the dentist because they have a fear of needles. These wands pre-numb the insertion site and meter out the precise amount of anesthetic you need.
- CAD/CAM Same-Day Crown Fabrication. This technology pairs 3D imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing to create crowns in a single day! No more temporary crowns and no more inconvenient appointments.
- Cone Beam CT Imaging. What’s better than an x-ray of your teeth? An on-screen, movable 3-D representation of your jaws! Cone Beam CTs take a series of x-rays and stitch those images together. It is used to craft treatment plans, identify disease, and visualize the internal structure of a patient’s oral cavity.
- Dental Implants. In the past, tooth replacement options were extremely limited. Today, dental implants allow dentists to safely and effectively replace teeth. Implants use titanium posts and crowns to mimic natural teeth.
- Digital Dental Impressions. Do you recall biting down on a tray of putty so a model of your teeth could be created? Digital imaging makes that messy process unnecessary. Today, teeth can be covered with a fine reflective powder. A special camera captures the powder and constructs a 3D model, which is then used to evaluate dental service requirements and recommendations.
- Digital X-Rays. Diagnostic x-rays have long been invaluable to dentistry. New technology has made x-rays safer and more useful by limiting radiation exposure (by up to 90%!) and eliminating the need for physical copies of scans.
- Intra-Oral Camera. A picture is worth a thousand words, and intra-oral cameras have plenty to say! These tiny cameras allow you to see what your dentist sees on a small monitor and what is really going on in your mouth!
- Laser Diagnosis and Treatment. Lasers are found in DVD players and scanners, and now, they are making themselves useful in the realm of dental technology. Lasers can detect tiny amounts of tooth decay, may treat gum disease, and may even remove cancerous cells. They can be used in gum surgery and cavity treatment, too!
What if your dentist could actually grow a new tooth to replace a lost one? Can dentists eliminate tooth decay in infants–before it has even occurred? Learn more about these exciting innovations in dental technology. They’re closer than you think!
Dental implants are the preferred route for tooth replacement because they function and feel far better than traditional treatments like dentures, and they look more like natural teeth and last much longer. Extensive research has demonstrated that, when used appropriately, dental implants are valuable interventions in dentistry.